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Oxford Castle & Prison

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, the rich history of the castle with a prison at its heart will be revealed to you. Climb St. George's Tower and take in the stunning views...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Alistair our guide was incredible - he really brought history to life and engaged the whole audience - young to old! Thank you so much for such an insightful tour and getting the whole audience involved, it was really enjoyable and eye opening. Each story...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Megan S
Reviewed 3 days ago

A very interesting tour of the castle and prison with our guide Phil. We learned a lot about the history of the castle, the prison and the prisoners. We climbed the 101 steps to the top of the tower and were rewarded with wonderful views...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank barbara s
Reviewed 3 days ago

Castle itself is fascinating even though we weren’t able to visit it with the tour since we were treated so rudely that we decided to leave. We really understand that the staff on the floor can be tired and overwhelmed, but there is no excuse...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Lisa Q
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was good, but having done the York Museum experience it is not as extensive, however the guide was great and made a difference. Very engaging with the everyone and made it more interesting. We also managed to sneak into the Malmaison hotel to have...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Smithy123ABC
Reviewed 5 days ago

Enjoyed this. Visited a few places on my trip to Oxford and this was one of them. Enjoyed the history told by a dressed up actor/tour guide. Good experience and fascinating to learn about old prison history.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Matthews9819
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across the castle and thought why not! We went as a couple and our guide Rowan was brilliant - so personal and really chatted to us not just giving us information. Very entertaining and a lovely afternoon - Thank you Rowan you were...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just had a quick visit as arrived too late in day here to take tour. interesting what we did manage to see and enjoyed.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Gauldie2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely visit to the castle and prison. A very informative tour. Would recommend to others. Thank you 😊

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Vicki T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just visited the most interestingly detailed tour in a long time. Our tour guide Michael was so descriptive and clearly enjoyed what he was talking about. His details and knowledge of the Castle and Prison where second to none, engaging our tour group from start...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank carol2404
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the castle and prison and were impressed with the setup and information on display. It is essential to take the gudied tour and our guide (Robin) was excellent and we learned a lot about the history of Oxford and crime and punishment over...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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April 29, 2019|
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Response from 641LucyM641 | Reviewed this property |
The main tower isn’t accessible for (I think) under 5’s. It’s also got a lot of steps in a tight spiral staircase. If any of your party can’t go up the tower then they put a video on downstairs for you to watch
Sue W
March 14, 2019|
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Response from stevemQ91UQ | Reviewed this property |
Yep. malmaison com Book direct with them for best prices!
February 11, 2019|
Response from 984sallyr | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no idea but it may just ensure you get on the tour at a time preferable to you rather than take a chance
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